What Should Theatre Majors Know?
By the time they graduate all majors in Theatre should:
Students of Theatre will gradually familiarize themselves with major works, links to search engines, libraries, archives, institutes, and other information literacy resources and the wide body of resources available to scholars in the field.
Writing Intensive Classes
Students who have fulfilled the writing intensive requirement should already have learned basic information literacy skills prior to entering the major in Theatre. Such skills are likely to include:
Information Literacy Objectives for Theatre Students
Students in Theatre History classes and First-Year Seminars taught in the Theatre Department will become familiar with the stylistic rules for writing papers, bibliographies, notes, citing of sources. Students should consult Smith Handbook of Style for specific information regarding the preparation of papers. The Jacobson Center has the Smith Writing Papers Handbook and a summary of the MLA documentation guide online.
The library offers students a great deal of guidance in how to find information and conduct research. Though the information above highlights some of the general resources in Theatre, our students would also benefit greatly from familiarizing themselves with general search engines that often include articles of interest to Theatre.
These skills are to be understood as a basis for all further study in Theatre.
Competencies for Beginning Theatre Majors
Students completing THE198 AND THE199 will:
Students in these courses may consult:
Students studying Acting will:
Students studying Directing will:
Students studying Design will familiarize themselves with:
THE252: Set Design I: Image Research
Most of the information listed is sources for digital image research. There is also an important tab explaining fair use of copyrighted material - especially concerning image research. Some of the best data services are listed on the digital image tab. Skills will be taught in THE252, THE253, THE254, THE317, THE318, THE352, THE353, and THE354.
Students studying Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism will:
Students studying Playwriting will focus on:
Additional Library Web Pages and Online Resources for Theatre Courses
Intermediate and Advanced Courses
Since Theatre includes the study of ACTING, DIRECTING, DESIGN, PLAYWRITING, SCRIPT ANALYSIS, THEATRE HISTORY, and many other disciplines students must consult relevant information literacy resources for those disciplines.
Students in Intermediate and Advanced Theatre courses should familiarize themselves with the following search engines:
300 Level Courses and Research-Based Special Studies
Students in advanced research courses should be able to:
In What Classes Will Skills be Taught?
Using someone else’s words, ideas , or arguments without acknowledgement is plagiarism. This is a serious violation of the College’s Honor Code. Students should learn to distinguish between “received knowledge” and original work, between ideas that have often been repeated and ideas that are new. They must always identify and acknowledge their sources for everything except “received knowledge,” such as dates and facts found in many encyclopedias and dictionaries.
November 30, 2009